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Supergroup Dread Sovereign premiere new track “Cathars To Their Doom”

Dread Sovereign All Hells Martyrs

Given the lineup of Dread Sovereign, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they played some sort of folk/black metal combination. They’re a supergroup that features Nemtheanga of Primordial on bass and vocals, his bandmate Sol Dubh on drums, and guitarist Geasa of ZOM.

You would be quite wrong, however. Dread Sovereign serve up earth-shaking old school epic doom metal, with pounding drums, massive riffs, and utterly unholy vocals from Nemtheanga himself. Back in April of last year Dread Sovereign released a 3 song EP called Pray to the Devil In Man (which I wrote about here and here) that rocked and rolled and generally doomed the world.

The year is now 2014, and Dread Sovereign are out to prove they aren’t just a one-off vanity project. They are ready to unleash a full-length album, titled All Hell’s Martyrs. We are still a few days from the album’s release, but in the meantime you can get a taste of what you’re in for with the stream of the album track “Cathars To Their Doom“.

Hoo boy, this is a doozy. It keeps the slow-to-fast structure that was seen on a couple songs from their EP, but ups the power and the general quality. The riffs swing their weight around like a fat woman at the biggest dance club in town, and Nemtheanga, who I’ve grown to like more and more over the past year, sounds like a truly menacing madman orating for the End. The drums provide an excellent rock rhythm underneath, and the guitar solo, laid over a spacey psychedelic section, is bluesy and extremely tasty. It might be a bit silly lyrically, but one listen will have you chanting right along and banging your head like nobody’s business.

Listen to “Cathars To Their Doom” courtesy of Pitchfork and let yourself be doomed.

Kevin writer banner Jan 2014